After perhaps the most remarkable week for the global game, Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 33 arrives as quite the relief and to kick off our picks, Sadio Mane (11.7) might be on hand to provide some home comforts for FPL managers.
During a difficult season for the Reds’ front man, Mane has been well off the pace in comparison with his last two seasons, but there are signs the Senegalese could be set for a late-season run in front of goal.
Sitting on a paltry eight goals for his standards, the last two terms for Mane however, have seen total goal tallies of 18 and 22 respectively.
After ending his nine-game goal drought at home to Leeds United last time out, Mane looked to have rediscovered his spark in front of goal.
Ahead of the visit of Newcastle United in GW33, Mane’s fires could be further stoked and with Liverpool left with no other commitments away from the league, could be a man to consider, with only 5% of owners on hand to reap the rewards.
Kelechi Iheanacho (c)
As Leicester City made their way into the FA Cup final last weekend, its seems everything Kelechi Iheanacho (6.1) touches turns to gold right now, having fired the Foxes into the Wembley finale next month.
In FPL, the Nigerian then followed up his effort against Southampton with another at home to West Bromwich Albion on Thursday evening, with Iheanacho continuing his hot streak in front of goal.
Netting in all but one of the last six league outings, it would be foolish not to pick the Leicester man for the second week on the bounce, given his staggering numbers, scoring eight times since GW26.
With Leicester looking to hold steady in their efforts for Champions League qualification, the hosts face two very winnable games at home in GW33 to Crystal Palace and then Newcastle United, before two tricky away games at Chelsea and Manchester United.
That makes a clash with the Eagles ever the more pivotal in their battle for the top four, and right now, there are few players in better form in FPL right now. A good option for the armband.
On the back of last Monday’s visit of Liverpool, this weekend comes the turn of old flame Manchester United’s return to Elland Road, and we are looking at Stuart Dallas (5.2) to make an impact.
With just six games left in their returning season in the top flight, Leeds United are rolling along nicely in mid-table.
Perhaps now tasked with finishing inside the top half, GW33 presents the latest challenge for the Whites, but their roaming Northern Irishman looks set to be a nuisance to the Red Devils.
Having conquered soon-to-be-champions Manchester City two weekend ago, Dallas stunned the Citizens grabbing a brace – including a late breakaway winner – and here will test the other half of the city.
Still stationed in midfield, his presence as a genuine chance of six points with a goal for a defender remains a unique draw, indeed a quarter of FPL teams now have Dallas.
His inclusion undoubtedly comes with the threat of taking a hit with United in town, but having scored at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture earlier this season also, simply put, Dallas’ role in attack still stands him in good stead of spoils during GW33.
As Arsenal look to shed the memories of a harrowing week, the Gunners will have to do so without both their star strikers in GW33, however, Bukayo Saka (5.1) could ride to the rescue.
A full nine points off the European spots, the north Londoners will be eyeing next week’s Europa League semi-final with Villarreal as a priority, but with more options left in midfield than in attack, Saka could fill the void nicely in GW33.
Still available at a snip, the newly capped England international has enjoyed a breakout season, with five goals and four assists to his name.
His progress curtailed due to a combination of injury and rotation, Saka alas, has gone without either since GW24, but with the visit of Everton here, may find greater success.
A threat down in the wide areas, the wings remain an area of concern for the Toffees, and for a side that have conceded at least twice in three of the last four, Saka may be the one to benefit this weekend for the Gunners.
Punt of the Week: Willian Jose
To round off GW33’s picks, we swing wildly for the outsider of the week, who this week is Willian Jose (6.8).
It’s been a tough campaign for Wolves having lost key players to injury at varying stages of the season, not least the loss of talisman Raul Jimenez.
In his stead, the Brazilian’s loan move from Real Sociedad has gone far from smoothly, but Jose has admirably plucked away, seeking his first Premier League goals.
Denied that via a controversial VAR call against Fulham in GW31, the forward did not have to wait long to open his Wolves account, scoring the only goal of the game versus Sheffield United last weekend.
Grabbing the maximum bonus points also, his task now will be to find the net in successive games, and at home to Burnley, his chances are fair.
Owned by less than .5% of FPL managers, Jose looks a decent shout for goals despite a still rather steep price tag. If spare change is at a premium at this crucial avenue of the season however, the Brazilian could yet surprise a few in GW33.
Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 33 deadline is Friday, 18:30 BST.
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